The duo released their eponymous debut album on Partisan Records on May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12). They made their network television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on July 9, performing the single “Coffee”.
Lead singer Amelia Meath, who was at the time involved with her trio, Mountain Man, created the vocals to the song called Play It Right. She later met electronic music producer Nick Sanborn in Milwaukee at the Cactus Club, performing at the time solo as Made of Oak, and asked him to make a rendering of her single, Play It Right, in his own way. From 2012 to 2013, the band slowly formed. Meath had returned from a year-and-a-half tour with Feist and was looking for an affordable place to live, thus landing in Durham with Nick and began making their album, with all of their songs being recorded in Nick Sanborn’s apartment bedroom. Sanborn expressed that his music “sync[ed] seamlessly with Meath’s melodies, so that the respective words and beats bec[ame] a string of ready-to-play singles.”
Sylvan Esso is the group’s eponymous debut studio album, released May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12) via Partisan Records. The album reached #39 on the Billboard 200 and #7 on the Independent Albums chart, and as of November 2014 has sold 39,000 copies. The band has been well received as they continue to tour across the United States, Canada, and Parts of Europe with songs like “Hey Mami” being named Paste Magazines #1 song of 2014